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Guidance and examples for those considering a Sciences EE.

Sciences Research Proposal Guide 2017. Physics: Choice of the topic. Choice of topic The topic should be a challenge for the student without being over-specialized.

Physics: Choice of the topic

It should use the knowledge gained in the physics course to answer a research question that goes beyond the course content. Physics: Treatment of the topic. Treatment of the topic Physics essays usually have a title, which sums up the essence of the investigation.

Physics: Treatment of the topic

It is based on the student’s identified topic area. Physics: Treatment of the assessment criteria. Interpreting the EE assessment criteria Criterion A: Focus and method (Strands: Topic, Research question, Methodology)

Physics: Treatment of the assessment criteria

Physics EE Example. Chemistry: Choice of topic. Choice of topic The topic must allow an approach that specifically involves chemistry.

Chemistry: Choice of topic

Where a topic might be approached from different viewpoints, the treatment of the material must be from a chemistry perspective. For example, an EE in an option area of the IB syllabus such as biochemistry will, if registered as a chemistry EE, be judged on its content within the scope of the biochemistry option of the syllabus. The scope of the topic and the research associated with it should enable all the criteria to be addressed.

The research question must be sharply focused and able to be treated effectively within the word limit. Chemistry: Treatment of the topic. Treatment of the topic An EE in chemistry may be based on: literature theoretical models experimental data.

Chemistry: Treatment of the topic

Chemistry: Interpreting assessment criteria. Interpreting the EE assessment criteria Criterion A: Focus and method (Strands: Topic, Research question, Methodology) The EE in chemistry must have a clear chemical emphasis and should focus on the chemistry aspect of the investigation.

Chemistry: Interpreting assessment criteria

Chemistry EE Example. Biology: Choice of topic. Choice of topic The topic must allow an approach that relates specifically to biology.

Biology: Choice of topic

Where a topic can be approached from different viewpoints, the treatment of the material must be clearly biological. For example, an EE in an interdisciplinary area such as biochemistry will, if registered under the subject of biology, be judged solely on its biological content. Essays that deal with human diseases can often be dealt with from a number of perspectives, such as biological, medical, social or economic. Biology: Treatment of the topic. Treatment of the topic Students should explain early in the essay how they arrived at their research question and narrowed it down, by briefly outlining aspects they are not considering in the essay.

Biology: Treatment of the topic

Students should be encouraged to formulate one or more hypotheses based on the research question. A single well-formulated question may give rise to a small number of precise hypotheses. Primary research Essays in biology may be based on data collected by the student through: Biology: Interpreting the assessment criteria. Interpreting the assessment criteria Criterion A: Focus and method (Strands: Topic, Research question, Methodology) The topic of the biology EE must be outlined at the start of the essay and should clearly establish the context of the research question.

Biology: Interpreting the assessment criteria

This should include the area of the research and the purpose and focus of the essay. Biology EE Example.